Just a quick one today folks. I purchased this gloriously colourful skirt on my trip to Lisbon a few months back, at the famous flea market called ‘Feira da Ladra‘ (‘Thieves’ Market’). The market is basically a large car boot sale in one of the squares, with all sorts of junk available. A lot was antiques and old things, but there were quite a few people selling modern second hand goods too. My favourite to look at were the stalls selling antique tiles from the buildings – they were beautiful.
There was one stallholder with piles of old clothes, mostly your standard charity shop fare but some vintage. I had a good rummage for unusual prints and bought two pieces, including this skirt. I confess that I paid 8 Euro for both pieces (4 Euro each), mainly because I don’t speak any Portuguese so wasn’t really up to haggling with the stall holder. I only understood that it was 8 Euro because she was holding up eight fingers. So I do feel like it was a little expensive, but I had good fun rummaging so I was happy. Here is me with my purchases:
Unlike my last international debacle, I was delighted to see that this one was ‘FABRICADO EM PORTUGAL’ (‘Made in Portugal’).
It is marked 100% polyester – basically it’s a nasty acetate lining and some kind of cheap and cheerful polyester mesh with flowers printed on it. I would hesitate to call this fabric, it’s essentially plastic.
Anyway, my favourite feature of it is the button – because it looks like a boiled sweet. So that definitely had to stay.
I tried it on and found that the waist was about right for me, all it needed was a bit of de-grannifying. It’s trendy at the moment for maxis to have a short lining so you can see through the transparent outer layer, so that’s what I did. I cut the lining as short as I dared.
I actually wore this out once before I realised it still had problems. Perhaps my stride is longer than a Portuguese granny’s; I couldn’t walk at my normal pace because there was no walking vent in the skirt. I hadn’t noticed this when trying it on at home; I guess my indoor steps are smaller. After an afternoon trotting around being late for things I realised something had to be done!
I sewed up the back seam allowance to just above knee level and turned 90 degrees, then across the back seam, then 90 degrees and back down the other side.
Then I removed the stitches from the back seam up to the point where the new line of stitches crossed it. It’s not a super-strong point, but now that there is a slit, it’s not under much pressure.
Despite its cheap materials and construction, the skirt is comfortable to wear when it’s really hot here in London, like it has been over the last few weeks. The colours make me happy!